The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) announced the recipients of $10,500 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Nicholas Muir, of Lynnwood, Washington; Amber Edmonds, of Pepperell, Massachusetts; Morgan Knerr, of Plain City, Ohio; Jarid Walton, of Riverdale, Michigan; Terri-June Granger, of Dothan, Alabama; David Gringeri, of West Haven, Vermont; and Hope Hampton, of Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia.
Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) submitted applications for the RHF scholarships. The recipients were chosen by an independent committee based upon their academic achievement, financial need, future goals and involvement in NRHyA and the reining horse industry.
“I have been associated with the Foundation’s scholarship program since its inception,” said RHF scholarship committee chairman Mike Hancock. “We are so pleased to help the next generation further their education. Donors make it possible to have a positive impact on these high-achieving young reiners.”
Muir, Edmonds and Knerr were each awarded $2,000 in RHF scholarship monies. Muir attends Washington State University-Pullman where he is a student in the Honors College seven-year veterinary program. He received an RHF scholarship in 2016 as a high school senior, making him eligible to reapply. Edmonds is in the Merrimack College Honors Program, majoring in elementary education and human development, and intends to become an elementary school principal. She received an RHF scholarship in 2016. Knerr attends the University of Findlay with plans to become a pharmacist. She held multiple positions as a NRHyA officer, including president in 2017, vice president in 2016 and secretary in 2015, and received an RHF scholarship in 2017.
Walton and Granger each will receive $1,500 in scholarships. Originally a student at Mid Michigan Community College, Walton transferred to the University of Maine at Fort Kent last year, where he played varsity men’s basketball and was named a 2018 Academic All-American. He received RHF scholarships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He is majoring in business management with plans to become a professional horse trainer. Granger is a member of the equestrian team at Auburn University, where she was named to the Dean’s List in 2017. She is pursuing a degree in exercise science, with the goal of becoming a chiropractor. She also received an RHF scholarship in 2017.
Earning $750 scholarships each are Gringeri and Hampton. Gringeri attends the University of Vermont. In high school, he had dual enrollment at the Community College of Vermont. He is majoring in business/finance with the goal of a career in agribusiness. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2017 and is a member of the student government. He received an RHF scholarship in 2017. Hampton is a new scholarship recipient who intends to get a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and then pursue a law degree. She was the Eastern Reining Canada Youth 14-18 champion in 2017.
For more information about the RHF Scholarship program, go to reiningfoundation.com or nrhya.com. You also can call (405) 946-7400 to speak to RHF or NHRyA staff about these programs.